Lackawanna Wetlands/Ghost Bridge Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Buffalo, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The trail begins at a park at the end of East Milnor Avenue in Lackawanna. It goes across the field and onto the old train tracks and towards South Smoke Creek. The Trail is marked, various water crossings. The trail is rather easy and starts on an old rail bed. As you walk you will see a trail deviate to the left. That will take you to the creek, and through the woods. The trail comes and goes but is obvious where to walk. It will eventually lead you to active train tracks and along an old ATV trail. This trail will bring you back to the old rail bed and more train tracks. The trail crosses here and goes across grasslands (sometimes very wet) and back to the creek where you will cross again. The trail will pass over the rail and you can either cross the creek again, or not. The trail splits but ends back up at the old rail bed. There's a lot of creek crossing, wildlife (a lot of deer), I have seen foxes, and a lot of birds.
Rutted from off road bikes and vehicles. Definitely need hiking boots with ankle support, very gravely and not marked at all. I was disappointed .
We did see a lot of the things in the photos. That being said, this trail did not blow either one of us away. It was flat and uneventful, and full of a ATVs. it is probably a lot of fun for the ATV crowd, but I wouldn't bother if you're on foot. On the plus side, there were plenty of birds.
If you can find the way through, this is a very fun hike. I can easily take many hours out here walking, watching wildlife and sitting. It's really hard to believe that this lot of land is located in the middle of a city. The Smoke Creek runs through it, and you have to cross it a few times on this hike. The creek is generally very shallow at crossings, but if it has just rained you may not want to attempt it.
After rains, parts of the hike is also very muddy. This is an active (illegal) ATV trail, however every time I have been out here I have only seen 1-2 people tops.
Around the evening time, the deer come out - and there are a LOT of them. A lot of ducks and geese as well as other birds. I believe there are two small marshes/ponds out here, as well as other water areas.
So worth doing.